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(Des Moines Register)   74 million years ago a meteorite crashed into an Iowan town. And it's still causing problems to this day   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 87
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2012-02-15 09:21:01 AM  
I've been going back and forth for the past few minutes on how I feel about the term "geological jambalaya," and I think I've settled on a "flog the writer" position.
 
2012-02-15 09:55:05 AM  
Is there a Wall of Weird? If not I really dont care.
 
2012-02-15 10:11:01 AM  
I missed the word million and was about to start googling meteorite hits in Iowa in 1938.
a614.g.akamai.net
Ironically enough, if this guy had put on a radio show about Martians landing in Iowa in 1938, a nationwide panic would have been averted because nobody in the media would have given a shiat.
 
2012-02-15 10:49:32 AM  
I find it difficult to believe that there was a town in Iowa 74 million years ago, subby.
 
2012-02-15 10:50:02 AM  
It's Iowa, who cares?
 
2012-02-15 10:51:41 AM  
The man-eating plants are okay, but I draw the line at giant ants.
 
2012-02-15 10:51:41 AM  
Just get your water from the sink instead, duh.
 
2012-02-15 10:53:52 AM  
There's water closer to ground zero

/but it has this weird glow
 
2012-02-15 10:53:59 AM  
Velociraptor says "Oh, and you think a meteroite caused problems for YOU?"
 
2012-02-15 10:54:22 AM  
I'll bet.
t0.gstatic.com
 
2012-02-15 10:55:12 AM  

Lucky LaRue: I find it difficult to believe that there was a town in Iowa 74 million years ago, subby.


Iowa 74 Million Years Ago
3.bp.blogspot.com

/Before Hippies roamed the Earth
 
2012-02-15 10:55:46 AM  
The crater was there first. The town residents are all assholes for moving in and then biatching about it.
 
2012-02-15 10:56:25 AM  
mmmmm....geological jambalaya...*drool*

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2012-02-15 11:00:30 AM  
Damn meteor shiat!
 
2012-02-15 11:01:04 AM  

MoronLessOff: I'll bet.


Department of Meteors
 
2012-02-15 11:02:32 AM  
About 35 million years ago a giant asteroid or comet hurled through ... in the southern part of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding peninsulas, ... (new window)
"The land is sinking, erosion patterns are unusual, and earthquakes have occurred in this region not known for earthquakes. The groundwater in some areas of the region is salty, and three rivers in the area have abrupt-and highly unusual-90-degree turns."
"When it hit, the asteroid or comet "fractured the crystalline bedrock below to at least a depth of 7 miles (11 kilometers) and a width of 85 miles (137 kilometers)."

Thanks for blazing the trail, Iowa, with your little crater.

/ ... and deep
 
2012-02-15 11:04:22 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: The crater was there first. The town residents are all assholes for moving in and then biatching about it.


The crater had long since been filled by glacial till and wasn't even discovered until the mid-20th century. For a while, it was presumed to be the crater from the asteroid that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

/read about it in a bill bryson book once
 
2012-02-15 11:05:19 AM  
"The resulting underground Manson Crater is a geological jambalaya spanning parts of four counties with a diameter of 24 miles."

That's some mighty fine newspaper writin' Lou.

/sincere
 
2012-02-15 11:06:46 AM  
Drilling in the center of the impact crater? Do these midwestern hicks have so little of an understanding about basic geology and astrobiology? I for one do not need King Ghidorah released in the middle of the U.S. corn belt. Of course, a religious man such as myself might point out that when you legalize gay marriage, the only logical outcome is King Ghidorah and the inevitable destruction all you corn-farming, gay-loving inbreds hold dear.

Next week, expect Mothra to appear from the Juan de Fuca plate subduction zone and begin terrorizing Washington State for legalizing gay marriage.

/So nice to know I can get a little mileage out of my geology minor from college.
 
2012-02-15 11:07:29 AM  
Dinosaurs built cities in Iowa?!?
 
2012-02-15 11:09:05 AM  
Somebody SAAAAAAA-AAAAA-AAAAAAVE me.
 
2012-02-15 11:12:51 AM  
Now Stuart, if you look at the soil around any large U.S. city with a big underground homosexual population - Des Moines, Iowa, perfect example. Look at the soil around Des Moines, Stuart. You can't build on it, you can't grow anything in it. The government says it's due to poor farming a 74 million year old meteorite. But I know what's really going on, Stuart. I know it's the queers.
 
2012-02-15 11:13:26 AM  
74 million years ago? Bah, that's just Satan trying to trick people.
 
2012-02-15 11:13:53 AM  
Move to where the water is!

/With respect to the late Sam Kinison
 
2012-02-15 11:14:21 AM  
"In the fraction of a second that it took the meteorite to penetrate about one mile into the ground, the shock wave created by the initial contact with the surface reached the back side of the meteorite and its potential energy was transformed to kinetic energy, the equivalent of about 10 trillion tons of TNT. An electromagnetic pulse moved away from the point of impact at nearly the speed of light, and instantly ignited anything that would burn within approximately 130 miles of the impact (most of Iowa). The shock wave toppled trees up to 300 miles away (Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis), and probably killed most animals within about 650 miles (Detroit and Denver). The blast left a crater over 24 miles in diameter centered in an area of unimaginable death and destruction."

Cool
 
2012-02-15 11:16:48 AM  
I find this all hard to believe.

People in rural Iowa were told that a meteorite hit their area 74 million years ago causing problems with water drilling and they didn't immediately run the drilling company out of town for being blasphemous atheist spreading the lie that the earth is only 7000 years old.

I call BS
 
2012-02-15 11:16:52 AM  
So pretty much anything that saw that, it was the last thing they ever saw.
 
2012-02-15 11:19:23 AM  
The Colour Out of Space?
 
2012-02-15 11:20:28 AM  
Meteor? Check
Trouble with wells? Check

I think see the problem
 
2012-02-15 11:21:12 AM  

Rabbitgod: the earth is only 7000 years old.


I don't know what nutball version of Christianity you're following, but it's a cult and you're a brainwashed fool. The earth is 6000 years old. It's in the Bible, you know, that thing you should be following but obviously aren't. I suppose you're going to tell me next that it isn't okay to persecute a group of people based solely on a couple of random passages from the Old Testament.
 
2012-02-15 11:27:44 AM  

Sun Worshiping Dog Launcher: Rabbitgod: the earth is only 7000 years old.

I don't know what nutball version of Christianity you're following, but it's a cult and you're a brainwashed fool. The earth is 6000 years old. It's in the Bible, you know, that thing you should be following but obviously aren't. I suppose you're going to tell me next that it isn't okay to persecute a group of people based solely on a couple of random passages from the Old Testament.


.... *slow clap*

Well played... well played.
 
2012-02-15 11:28:39 AM  
I guess the founders of the town didn't check for prehistoric underground meteorite craters. Lawsuit!
 
2012-02-15 11:30:32 AM  

Jerkwater: Smeggy Smurf: The crater was there first. The town residents are all assholes for moving in and then biatching about it.

The crater had long since been filled by glacial till and wasn't even discovered until the mid-20th century. For a while, it was presumed to be the crater from the asteroid that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

/read about it in a bill bryson book once


Good book by Bryson. A little dry, though.

A Walk in the Woods is a much better read.
 
2012-02-15 11:30:42 AM  
Now, Stuart, if you look at the soil around any large US city where there's a big underground homosexual population. Des Moines, Iowa, perfect example. Look at the soil around Des Moines, Stuart. You can't build on it; you can't grow anything in it. The government says it's due to poor farming. But I know what's really going on, Stuart. I know it's the queers. They're in it with the aliens. They're building landing strips for gay Martians, I swear to God!
 
2012-02-15 11:31:39 AM  
* shakes tiny fist at Mayor Bee *
 
2012-02-15 11:33:39 AM  
In a related story, Sean Penn has demanded that Iowa be returned to it's rightful owner, the meteorite.
 
2012-02-15 11:40:57 AM  

LoneDoggie: In a related story, Sean Penn has demanded that Iowa be returned to it's rightful owner, the meteorite.


You regressive, reactionary jerk. The colonialist, imperialist meteorite stole it from the Campanian-era ceratopsians.

/ Killed every single one of them for miles. Specieist huperson-centric history ignores the genocide.
 
2012-02-15 11:43:51 AM  
Whaaa! We kicked the Injuns out and built our city here and the water's hard to find.

Fark off, Iowans.
 
2012-02-15 11:44:49 AM  
L Ron Hubbard was right... of course Earth was known as Teegeeack back then.

Hail XENU!
 
2012-02-15 11:47:01 AM  
I think they meant 5,999 years ago. Idiots.
 
2012-02-15 11:47:13 AM  

Jerkwater: Smeggy Smurf: The crater was there first. The town residents are all assholes for moving in and then biatching about it.

The crater had long since been filled by glacial till and wasn't even discovered until the mid-20th century. For a while, it was presumed to be the crater from the asteroid that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

/read about it in a bill bryson book once


That still doesn't excuse the residents biatching about something that was there before them. Goddamned entitled bastards. I bet they're all from California.
 
2012-02-15 11:47:20 AM  

patrick767: Dinosaurs built cities in Iowa?!?


They built this city on rock.
 
2012-02-15 11:47:46 AM  
I'm guessing whoever is in charge of asteroids really hated the dinosaurs.

I wonder how religious geologists would explain that? Demons or witches I'd guess.
 
2012-02-15 11:53:42 AM  
Good God, does every thread on Fark become an atheist circlejerk smug-off?

Aside from that, why don't these people move?
 
2012-02-15 11:58:44 AM  

tcinnewbie: Jerkwater: Smeggy Smurf: The crater was there first. The town residents are all assholes for moving in and then biatching about it.

The crater had long since been filled by glacial till and wasn't even discovered until the mid-20th century. For a while, it was presumed to be the crater from the asteroid that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

/read about it in a bill bryson book once

Good book by Bryson. A little dry, though.

A Walk in the Woods is a much better read.


Yep. And "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" is even better, IMO. Love his whole catalog, though.
 
2012-02-15 11:59:04 AM  
geological jambalaya

Sounds like a name of a hard rockin' zydeco band.

/I need to learn the accordion.
 
2012-02-15 12:02:24 PM  
Meteor in the midwest?

www.digitalbusstop.com
 
2012-02-15 12:03:54 PM  
So that means there's geological crawfish and geological andouille? Or am I expecting too much from that metaphor?
 
2012-02-15 12:08:11 PM  

Lucky LaRue: I find it difficult to believe that there was a town in Iowa 74 million years ago, subby.


Iowa wasn't even in Iowa back then.
 
2012-02-15 12:16:51 PM  

FLMountainMan: Good God, does every thread on Fark become an atheist circlejerk smug-off?

Aside from that, why don't these people move?


You could always head over to Briebart or Fox for the Christian bukkake party.
 
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